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Protester Posters and Candles seeking Justice for Gang rape Victim. [Representational Image]Creative Commons/Ramesh Lalwani

After the Haryana police arrested eight men in connection with the gangrape and brutal murder of a 28-year-old mentally challenged Nepalese woman in the state's Rohtak district, the ninth accused in the heinous crime committed suicide.

Sombir Kumar, 22, consumed celphos tablet to end his life, according to a Hindustan Times report. Kumar used to work at a factory in Akbarpur village, from where the woman's mutilated body was found three days after she went missing.

The Haryana police had on Monday arrested eight men from Gaddikhera village. All the accused have confessed to sexually assaulting the woman and killing her.

The woman, who was staying with her sister in a village in Rohtak for the past three months, went missing on 1 February. Her body was discovered in a decomposed state in a field in Akbarpur village on 4 February.

Meanwhile, doctors at Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), who conducted autopsy of the woman, said that her lungs and ears were missing. They also found stones in her anus and a 16 cm long asbestos sheet from her private parts.

"There was a foul smell emanating from the body. Two stones had been used to brutalise her private parts. We also found a condom inside her private parts. In all, there were nine injuries on her body," The Indian Express quoted Head of Forensic Medicine at PGIMS Dr S K Dhattarwal as saying.

Dhattarwal, who conducted the autopsy, added: "Her scalp had been ripped apart, and her thighs and chest had contusions (suggestive of struggle), which indicate sexual assault. Her uterus, abdomen and intestines were torn, which indicates that the rape was by multiple persons."